Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes how his mother, a Salvadoran immigrant, worked at Levi's on Valencia for decades. Topics: Levi's, immigrants, Salvadoran, El Salvador, seamstress, sewing, garment work, Excelsior
Retired Secretary-Treasure of ILWU Local 10 Herb Mills gives an entertaining and eloquent description of the labor process of longshoring pre-containerization, detailing how the solidarity and moral cohesion of the men was created through their shared labor in the holds of ships and on docks along San Francisco's industrial waterfront. Interviewed in 1996 by Chris Carlsson and Steve Stallone for the Shaping San Francisco prjoect. Topics: longshoremen, longshoring, dockers, dock work, ILWU, winches, hoists, cranes, solidarity
Susan Swift was involved in the Abalone Alliance anti-nuclear efforts of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was one of the only paid staffers during the lead-up to the big blockade and occupation of the PG&E Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. She has also been involved in a variety of environmental and labor campaigns during the years. Topics: ecology, anti-nuclear, Diablo Canyon, Abalone Alliance, economy, work
Crossing centuries and social mores, editors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus ( Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute ) and author Clare Sears ( Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco ) take us into 19th Century San Francisco’s underworld of prostitutes, cross dressers, and others who transgressed the strict gender norms of the time. We look at how normative gender and sexuality were policed and created by widespread mid-1800s... Topics: gender, sexuality, cross-dressing, policing, normativity, sex work, prostitution, SF Bulletin,...